iXBT Labs heeft nu ook een review online geplant van de 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP, final versie. FSAA 4x ziet er natuurlijk ook bij iXBT wel mooi uit, maar de performance viel erg tegen. In bijna alle gevallen is de GeForce2 GTS sneller, en in sommige gevallen de GeForce256 DDR ook.
3dfx has finally launched one of the most powerful graphics cards, which proved pretty efficient. However, no matter what 3dfx reps would say about their main competitor, NVIDIA, they still failed to appear the best of the best and the title of the most powerful graphics card missed them this time. Note that here we don't mean Voodoo5 6000, but a graphics card from the same price category. And now a few words about the main advantages of this product. Of course, FSAA 4x effect makes some games unbelievably beautiful, however, there are not so many games, which provide acceptable fps in this case. As for us, we would prefer to play at higher resolutions where aliasing is not so noticeable rather than to play at minimal resolutions in order to get satisfactory performance with AA effect enabled. However, there are quite many users owning small monitors. Particularly for them FSAA will be an irreplaceable thing. Especially, since it will take another while before we finally get graphics cards powerful enough to provide high performance with AA. A couple of chipset generations will replace each other before we are able to play at 1024x768x32 with high quality FSAA (in case 3D gaming technologies remain the same by that time). In fact, we were very upset that the so long-awaited graphics card from 3dfx, which costs as NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS based card, sometimes yields in performance not only to the latter but also to its predecessor, NVIDIA GeForce256 based cards with DDR memory. Although we were impressed with the high speed and amazing graphics with FSAA 4x in some auto simulators, there were very few of them. So, we would recommend 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 graphics card to auto racing and Glide games lovers, dedicated gamers and 3dfx admirers. This card will serve you for a long time and will definitely make for the money you spend on it. 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 is a purely gaming piece. However, you should bear in mind that is requires high quality power supply units.